A Submission Katrina S. (yay!!!)

(Yay I got a submission! Anyone can submit anytime!)

Honoring Service from Katrina S

I’ve been receiving congratulations on being appointed R8 Trustee and I want to honor the depth of devotion to service in the Baton Rouge Intergroup that prepared me for this level of service by saying thanks and giving honor to Aleta P and to Rosemary B. Without their nudging, role modeling and guidance I wouldn’t be here.

When I first came into OA, of course, I knew nothing about the ‘business’ side of OA. I didn’t know about Regions, the OA World Service Office or the Board of Trustees. The people that mattered were the people who ran the meetings, welcomed me in, introduced me to the literature, the steps and put my feet on the road to recovery. I would think that it is the same for most of you. The ‘business’ side is invisible.

As some of you may know, Aleta P has served at every level of OA. She served as Trustee, on the Region Board, and at Intergroup level. She leads retreats and gives talks whenever she is asked. We are a small Intergroup, to have 2 Region officers and 2 Trustees chosen from the same small intergroup indicates that there is a devotion to service that allows the area to nurture this kind of service. Aleta P has helped to provide that model.

The other model for me was Rosemary B. She passed away last year but I will never forget her. Rosemary co-founded a meeting that was welcoming and sweet. She assigned me to my 1st, 2nd and 3rd OA service jobs. My first job was to put up the chairs. For my 2nd job, Rosemary heard that I was an engineer, gave me the bank bag and said that the group needed a Treasurer.

Later, Rosemary told me to go to the Intergroup meeting and tell them that I was Intergroup Treasurer. This caused chaos and horror before an impromptu nomination and vote. When I told Rosemary that I wanted to strengthen my recovery by continuing to do service, she told me to speak to Aleta P.

When I became Region Representative and World Service Delegate Aleta taught me how to do this service responsibly and with integrity. She also demonstrated how to give service balanced with recovery. She nominated me for Region Chair. 

For me, service is one of the foundations of my recovery. These two amazing, loving and generous women helped me build the foundation for a beautiful, abstinent life of service and recovery.

Katrina S, Region 8 Chair / Trustee 

Wisdom from Atiya

     -Spiritual Principle of Step One

Although I worked Step One for the first time almost 15 years ago, honesty is the spiritual principle that I continue to have the most challenges with and am frequently challenged by.  I would say about half of the amends on my initial Ninth Step were related to dishonesty. As of today, there are two behaviors (one that has already occurred and the other which will occur in the future) on my mind that call for Amends.

Recently someone shared with me the idea of working the three A’s (Awareness, Acceptance and Action) for each step.  I can clearly see how that process would work with Step One.  I am almost always aware of my dishonest behavior. I am also aware that it generally stems from me wanting what I want, when I want it, and how I want it. I imagine that if I was less focused on getting what I want, I would have fewer opportunities to practice dishonesty.

Awareness comes with feelings; this is likely why in the past (in recovery) I would jump from Awareness to Action, giving lip service to Acceptance.  Today (for today) I am sitting with the awareness of my behaviors and the feelings that have come with (although at times it feels like I am sitting IN and not just sitting WITH the feelings). 

As I grow spiritually, I am aware that there is a balance between denial and impulsivity.  My daily spiritual work helps me recognize the sweet spot.

Thanks for reading me today.

 May we each be well along our path.

Atiya M.Durham, NC, USA

919-302-1030 (no text messages please)


From the Virtual Region

Dear Regions, Intergroups, Groups and Individuals of Overeaters Anonymous, The Virtual Region of Overeaters Anonymous is excited to tell you about our upcoming workshops in the workshop series. You can access the flyers for August 8th, August 28th, September 12th, September 25th. We are looking forward to you joining us. Please pass this information on to all groups and individuals in your area. All regions, intergroups, groups and individuals are most welcome to attend. Virtual Region Workshop Committee

We will hear from the speakers first, questions for the speakers and open sharing time will then follow.  VIRTUAL REGION WORKSHOP ROOM INFORMATION
Please click on the link below with a computer or laptop to get the conference’s video portion, or you may download the zoom.us app to use with a smart tablet/phone.
Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165540024?pwd=eXZWSUNNdVhtZ3hHZHZJY2RRejkzdz090
Meeting ID: 891 6554 0024Password: 120912
For international dial-in numbers: https://zoom.us/zoomconference
Suggested workshop contribution $5http://oavirtualregion.org/region/seventh-tradition/
Podcasts from previous workshops:https://oavirtualregion.org/events/vrworkshops/virtual-region-podcasts/
FOR MORE INFORMATION:https://oavirtualregion.org/events/workshops/
(Sharlotte)  workshop@oavirtualregion.org or
(Lee) vicechair@oavirtualregion.org

Come together with the “Fourth Saturday of the Month Workshop” for rotating topics, brainstorming and sharing ideas that WORK!

Wisdom from Atiya

A few months ago, I registered for the World Service Convention in Orlando.  I had not yet decided to attend, but was willing to let the registration fee turn into a Seventh Tradition donation if I decided not to go.  I eventually made the decision not to attend.  However, I then offered the registration to another member.  Shortly after the registration was transferred into her name, the Convention was canceled.  The registration fee was credited to my account.

I don’t know about you, but I like to receive money.  A part of me was on board with keeping it.  Instead I made myself commit to returning the sum to WSO.  OA as a whole took a financial hit from the canceled Convention.  Donating the registration fee is a small way to do what I can to help offset the burden.  
I made myself take action before I changed my mind (and before I typed this) and have now completed the donation to WSO.  Here is the link in case you too are willing to give back some of what has been freely given: https://oa.org/contribute/.  And perhaps I’ll see you at the next Convention in 2025!  

Atiya M.

Durham, NC, USA


God References in the Big Book

I was in a meeting and someone read off references to God in the Big Book so I looked it up and found a page. This is an abridged list from this website: https://aamo.info/bb/j41d/gloss_godref.htm

  1. God
  2. Power
  3. Power greater than themselves
  4. Something more than human power
  5. Power greater than myself
  6. Spirit of the Universe
  7. Something at work in a human heart which had done the impossible
  8. Creative Intelligence
  9. Universal Mind
  10. Spirit of Nature
  11. Czar of the Heavens
  12. My new-found Friend
  13. New God-consciousness within
  14. He
  15. Him
  16. His
  17. My Creator
  18. Power of God
  19. Father of Light who presides over us all
  20. The great clean wind of a mountain top blew through and through
  21. The region which there is no return through human aid
  22. Accept spiritual help
  23. Vital spiritual experiences
  24. The loving had powerful hand of God
  25. Living creator
  26. A spiritual remedy
  27. The spiritual answer
  28. Divine help
  29. Live on a spiritual basis
  30. Spiritual basis of life
  31. Needed power
  32. Power greater than ourselves
  33. The God idea
  34. A Power beyond ourselves
  35. Supreme Being
  36. Our own conception of God
  37. Spirit of the Universe
  38. A new sense of power and direction
  39. Realm of the Spirit
  40. God as we understood Him
  41. All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence
  42. Creation
  43. Presence of God
  44. God Sufficiency
  45. God is everything or else He is nothing. God either is or He isn’t.
  46. Fundamental idea of God.
  47. Great Reality.
  48. Presence of God
  49. Presence of Infinite Power and Love
  50. His Maker
  51. No human power
  52. He is the Principal, we are His agents
  53. He is the Father and we are His children
  54. We had a new Employer
  55. Thee
  56. Thy
  57. Sunlight of the Spirit
  58. Broad Highway
  59. Spiritual life
  60. God-conscious
  61. God’s hands
  62. Presence and Power of God
  63. Fellowship of the Spirit
  64. Road of Happy Destiny

Blog Post

July 26, 2021

Hello my fellow oa’ers! Enjoying the heat? Just kidding. These are the dog days and not in a good way.

I discovered meditation in high school but I never did it consistently until OA. My day goes so much smoother when I meditate. Usually I do it lying down in bed before I go to work. One day I’ll try sitting up. As I promised to discuss my methods of meditation.

  1. I use an app that is a meditation timer. I just sit and breath and try to focus.

This is the one I use.

2. I discovered meditation beads. They really helped me focus. There are a slew of ways to use them. After I made myself nuts trying to do it in the direction and style that was suggested, I just pulled one bead through my fingers for an inhale then one for an exhale.

Here is a picture of my beads. I splurged a little and got them from Coyote Moon:

3. I use different meditation videos. Here is a link to my favorites: